“Come gather round people where ever you roam and admit that the waters around you have grown and accept it that soon you’ll be drenched to the bone if your time to you is worth saving”
-- Bob Dylan
“There comes a time when silence is betrayal”
-- Martin Luther King Jr.
That time has come with regards the Iraq war. It is time for every man woman and child to take to the streets and say enough is enough! Far too many people have died needlessly in a war that to date, no-one has given a satisfactory reason for. This was made blaringly obvious this summer, when President Bush was unable to answer Cindy Sheehan’s seemingly straightforward question, “Why did my son die?” "What was this noble cause you talk about?”
That question above all must be answerable, if not; the war has no noble cause.
Now the war must end. It has no noble cause. Bush’s silence has made that clear.
If you feel that a war should only be ever fought for the noblest cause, then you better get out this weekend and say so. There will never be a better time. There may never be another time, period. Your rights have changed. Come out and join us to end the war in Iraq. If you cannot make it to Washington, there are events all over the US, just go to www.unitedforpeace.org and search for an event close to you.
It is possible. I believe that there is a critical number that will be hard for him to ignore.
That number needs to get out this weekend and make a stand!
To end, I feel that Arlo Guthrie put it best in Alice’s restaurant:
“And the only reason I'm singing you this song now is cause you may know somebody in a similar situation, or you may be in a similar situation, and if your in a situation like that there's only one thing you can do and that's walk into the shrink wherever you are ,just walk in say "Shrink, You can get anything you want, at Alice's restaurant.". And walk out. You know, if one person, just one person does it they may think he's really sick and they won't take him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they're both faggots and they won't take either of them. And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people walking in singin a bar of Alice's Restaurant and walking out. They may think it's an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day,I said fifty people a day walking in singin a bar of Alice's Restaurant and walking out. And friends they may thinks it's a movement.”
And friends, that is what it is, it is the movement to end the war in Iraq, and it is happening this Saturday Sept 24th in a city near you. Be there!
For more information, go to www.unitedforpeace.org.
Janet Bates is a singer/songwriter headed from her home in Oregon towards Washington, DC. www.janetbates.com